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Lynne E. Parker has been named interim dean of the Tickle College of Engineering.

Lynne Parker
Lynne Parker

Parker, the associate dean for faculty affairs and engagement for the college, takes the role effective Monday, May 7, as former dean Wayne T. Davis has been selected to lead the UT Knoxville campus as interim chancellor.

“It’s an honor for me to lead the college during this time of transition,” said Parker, a professor in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “I look forward to working with TCE colleagues to maintain the momentum of the college until Dean Davis’s successor arrives.”

Parker earned a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University in 1983, a master’s from UT in 1988, and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, all in computer science.

She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a senior member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education. She has also served as a National Science Foundation division director for information and intelligent systems, and as a distinguished research and development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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